The smell of mango leaf
A nurseryman once told me that the smell of a mango tree's leaf can give you a hint of its flavor, and it can even help in identifying what cultivar a particular tree is because trees of the same cultivar supposedly smell alike and there is supposedly a distinction in smell among different cultivars.
I've tried it myself on some of my trees by pulling out a leaf and smelling of it where the leaf has broken off the stem. True enough, I thought to myself that each tree of differing cultivars smelled different. Some smelled more appetizing than others, and I noticed that one can actually relate the broken leaf's smell to the type of fruit. For instance, I could smell the tanginess or zest of a carabao mango from its leaf, while similarly I could smell the turpsiness from an indian mango tree which I know bears fruit with a somewhat tupentine flavor. Correspondingly, one Jin Huang mango tree which I personally think lacks in aroma and is a bit bland to my taste has a lack of leaf smell.
What do you experts think about this? Do the leaves really tell of the fruit flavor? Could smell be used to identify cultivar, of mystery trees in particular?
This is really interesting for me because I have a lot of monoembryonic seedlings which I am currently growing with the promise of getting a good seedling selection. If leaf smell really has anything to do with fruit flavor, then leaf smell can somehow help me predict which seedling to expect flavorful fruit from, and which ones I should just use as rootstock.
Any of your insights will be truly valued.